Licensed Acupuncturist
Traditional Japanese & Chinese Medicine
Health & Wellness Educator

What is Japanese Acupuncture?

Less is more. At least, that’s the way the Japanese traditions see acupuncture, moxibustion and soft tissue work. It’s a beautiful, gentle tradition that uses more subtle stimuli for greater effect, creating a calming yet comprehensive experience for the patient. Starting in the 1700’s, Japanese acupuncture was practiced primarily by blind practitioners. This accounts for the extremely refined and gentle touch during treatment, and makes it a better therapy for exhausted, highly stressed, sensitive individuals and children.

Acupuncture typically involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points to alleviate pain, swelling or discomfort as well as facilitate healing. The Japanese style of acupuncture uses smaller needles, shallow insertions and almost imperceptible manipulation to stimulate the acupuncture points. In some cases the needle is not even inserted but is held at a point or used in a stroking fashion.

The Japanese traditions rely on hara/abdominal palpation diagnosis along with pulse taking to determine patterns of disharmony. From there, the most beneficial techniques for the session will be chosen. This may include body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, moxibustion, guasha, cupping, body work or herbs. In many cases, Tracy will also provide nutritional and exercise advice to bring about substantial, long-term change.

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